Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Maxim Institute's Grasp on Reality Alarming

Maxim Institute's Grasp on Reality Alarming

In a Media Release issued today, 2nd August, the Maxim Institute complained about comments made by about it by Government Minister David Benson-Pope and Minister of Religion Margaret Mayman.

The Maxim Institute claimed to be alarmed about "false allegations" made against it and appears to be particularly sensitive to accusations that it makes statements that are less than accurate. According to the press release, "Maxim ensures that statements and evidence presented in the public debate is accurate and verifiable".

Here are some examples of statements made by Maxim that are not accurate:

In an opinion piece published in the New Zealand Herald on 3rd October 2003, ( http://www.maxim.org.nz/main_pages/news_page/brothels.html) Maxim claimed that The New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective receives $150,000 a month from taxpayers. In fact, the NZPC gets a little over $52,000 per month to run 6 offices around the country.

At http://www.maxim.org.nz/main_pages/current_page/current_10reasons.html maxim provides 10 reasons why the Prostitution Reform Bill should not have been passed. One of its claims is that "A Christchurch School of Medicine study found that nearly two-thirds of Christchurch street prostitutes were under the age of 18.". This is untrue. The study found 12 prostitutes under the age of 18, out of 303 surveyed. Do the math.

In its submission to the the Select Committee considering the Care of Children Bill, Maxim states "John D. Unwin, a British anthropologist, studied 80 civilisations. In his 1934 study Sex and Culture... All well and good, except that Unwin was not an anthropologist and his forenames were Joseph Daniel. Oddly enough, these same errors are made on several American fundamentalist websites which mention Unwin to support their views. Maxim obviously lifted the quote from one of these sites, without having read Unwin's book.

We could go on, but there are too many untruths, inaccuracies and distortions in Maxim's use of data to list in a single press release. One statement Maxim makes is true: it is a charitable organisation, which entitles it to generous tax advantages. This is curious, since organisations whose primary objectives are political are not allowed charitable status.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Declaring Premature Victory

Sure enough, Saturday’s Vaxathon was a barrel of fun and a throwback not merely to the Telethons of the past. It also revived memories of those distant days of early 2020, when we were all carefully wiping down our groceries, not touching our faces, washing our hands for 20 seconds and responding to level four lockdowns by putting teddy bears in the window for the benefit of the little kids walking by in their family bubbles. Those were the days, when the Team of Five Million felt like a real, organic thing... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels

Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>



Government: Red Tape Cut To Boost Housing Supply
First home buyers are set to benefit from changes to planning rules being advanced by the Government and the National Party that will enable more medium density housing and cut red tape that acts as a barrier to development... More>>


Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels